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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 5, 2009 6:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dawg

You're right, Earl B. I've long held the view that if the Grateful Dead had folded its tent after Mydland died there was at least a chance that Garcia would still be among us playing bluegrass with Grisman and funky JGB shows today. It would have been nice to hear him perform in his later years, relaxed and happy, away from the stadium rock madness. Pure speculation I know.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 5, 2009 9:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dawg

Did I mention seeing Grisman and John Sebastian a month or so ago in a very small venue? Really great geezer circuit show, though John has lost his voice (did he have one? I loved it anyway)...

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 5, 2009 9:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dawg

No you didn't mention that - sounds like fun though. I noticed that there was a Grisman/Sebastian show up at bt.etree not so long ago. Worth grabbing do you think?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 5, 2009 11:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dawg

Not sure; fear his voice would come thru a bit too much in that "sterile/cold light" if you will. They didn't feature Gris extensively (though he played lead everything, including banjo), and did a variety of tunes...what impressed me the most was how accomplished JS was in an understated way--great harmonica player! Mainly, it was seeing them and hearing of their interactions (they were both at NYU in the early 60s on the JugBandScene/circuit and met up with Jerry very early on; had lots of stories, etc.; crushes on Maria Muldaur [don't we all?], etc)

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Poster: wonsing Date: Jan 5, 2009 7:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dawg

I do thing the folded the free clinic tent at shows soon after that happen'd though.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jan 5, 2009 7:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dawg

The horse has long left the barn, but I'm of the same opinion regarding Jerry's longevity save for one little detail. That would be that John Kahn was Jerry's devil advocate when it came to the "Persian."

As far as being a productive musician, Jerry clearly lost a large degree of his emotional interest in the Grateful Dead after Brent's death. If it wasn't for the ongoing pressure to sustain the enterprise and Hornsby stepping in at exactly the right moment, it might have been over.

Coulda, woulda, shoulda, don't mean shit now.